Perform a Clean Uninstall of SolidWorks

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**DISCLAIMER: This document assumes that SolidWorks was originally installed using the default locations. If our installation location for SolidWorks differs, please adjust the procedure below accordingly. The procedure in the following document requires access and edits to the Windows registry. Any such edits are done at your own risk and should only be attempted under the advisement of your IT professional. If you are uncomfortable with following the procedure below, please seek assistance. It is advised to back up your registry and any valued data before making any changes to the system registry. DASI Solutions assumes no responsibility for any consequences, unintended or otherwise resulting from changes made to the system registry.

  1. Backup existing SolidWorks settings using the Copy Settings Wizard
    1. Windows start menu > All Programs > SolidWorks [version] > SolidWorks Tools > Copy Settings Wizard
    2. Choose Save Settings and save them to a specified location
  2. Backup all local customized files (templates, design library, toolbox, etc.)
    1. Templates: C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks [version]\templates
    2. Design Library: C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks [version]\design library
    3. Toolbox: C:\SolidWorks Data [version]>Weldment Profiles: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\lang\english\weldment profiles
    4. SheetMetal Gauge Table: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\lang\
      english\Sheet Metal Gauge Tables
    5. SheetMetal Bend Table: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\lang\english\
      Sheetmetal Bend Tables
  3. Transfer license (standalone only):
    1. Open SolidWorks > Help > Transfer License
  4. Uninstall SolidWorks in the Control Panel (see pic below):
    For Windows XP:

    1. Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Right click on Solidworks > Remove

    For Windows 7 and Vista:

    1. Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program > Right click on SolidWorks > Uninstall

For 2012 and Future Versions:

  1. In the SolidWorks Installation Manager, select Advanced Options and select the four check boxes to do a complete uninstall.
  2. When using this tool, some directories may still exist. Please remove the following:
    Registry: (Windows Start Menu > type “regedit” > press enter)**Please use caution when editing the Windows Registry, Deletions cannot be undone.**

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks (NOTE: if you are using EPDM, DO NOT DELETE; instead, go into this key and delete only the IM & SolidWorks [version] subkeys, and
      leave everything else.)
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\eDrawings
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\SolidWorks (NOTE: if you are using EPDM, DO NOT DELETE; instead, go into this key and delete only the IM & SolidWorks [version] subkeys, and leave everything else.)
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Wow6432Node\SolidWorks (NOTE: 64 bit install only. If you are using EPDM, DO NOT DELETE; instead, go into this key and delete only the IM & SolidWorks [version] subkeys, and leave everything else.)SolidWorks Directories:
      • C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\
      • C:\Program Files\Common Files\SolidWorks Installation Manager
      • C:\Program Files\Common Files\SolidWorks Shared
      • C:\SolidWorks Data
      • C:\Users\”Username”\Documents\SolidWorks Downloads\SolidWorks [version]
      • C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks
      • C:\ProgramData\COSMOS Applications\Flow Simulation
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VSTAHost\SolidWorks_VSTA
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Local\Temp\Solidworks
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Local\SolidWorks
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Local\TempSWBackupDirectory
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Roaming\SolidWorks
      • C:\Users\”Username”\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VSTAHost\SolidWorks_VSTA

      For Windows XP:

      • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SolidWorks
      • C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Local Settings\TempSWBackupDirectory
      • C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Application Data\SolidWorks
      • C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Application Data\Sldim
      • C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Application Data\IM
      • C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Application Data\DWGeditor

For 2012 and Previous Versions:

  1. Please uninstall SolidWorks using step 4 in the Control Panel, then use the above list in step 6 to completely uninstall the rest of the SolidWorks directories.

If you have any difficulties, please contact DASI Solutions technical support (800-276-6340). Please have your 5-digit request ID handy. Please also feel free to visit our website at

Ashley Johnson
Application Engineer, CSWP
DASI Solutions

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3 Responses to Perform a Clean Uninstall of SolidWorks

  1. Simon Baldwin says:

    This doesn’t work for me. A Windows 10 update stopped Solidworks 2014 32bit from working. When I try install, I get the message that Solidworks 2014 is unsupported and needs Windows 7 64bit. It is so unsupported it won’t even uninstall from my Windows 10 32bit machine! How can I get rid of this expensive waste of disk space?

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